OPEC hopes US reconsiders offshore drilling ban

BRUSSELS (AP) - The head of OPEC is saying he hopes the United States will reconsider a temporary ban on new deepwater oil rigs.

Abdalla Salem El Badri, secretary-general of the 14-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, says offshore drilling is an important source of oil and "we should not really ban it."

He told reporters at a press conference in Brussels that OPEC hopes the U.S. government will re-examine President Barack Obama's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

A U.S. federal judge struck down Obama's temporary drilling ban last week as rash and heavy-handed.

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